What we can do about intolerance

There's something to cherish about Christmas that's deeper than words. Beyond the festivity and materialistic excitement, Christmas stands as a luminous symbol of unity and love. It's a time when Christians of every denomination can set aside differences and unite on common ground. They commemorate the coming of the Saviour and honor the spirit of peace and good will Jesus exemplified. Here is a message the world sorely needs throughout the year. This deeper meaning of Christmas prompts one to ask what we can do to dissolve bigotry and prejudice and the turmoil they stir up.

Religious conflicts have been at the root of some of the most barbarous and vicious struggles in history. Today one thinks of the Middle East, the troubles in Ireland, the spread of terrorism, and the violent fanaticism running through many parts of the Muslim and Christian worlds. One also thinks of the cruelties that bigotry engenders within families and communities. Humanity has not outgrown religious cleavages or the isolating and devastating effects they produce. Yet there is a great deal each of us can do to lessen these evils on the domestic scene and in the world at large.

December 27, 1982

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